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Megaupload Judge Defers Decision on Seizing Users’ Data

A U.S. judge deferred a decision on whether the government should set up a way for users to regain access to millions of gigabytes of data the company managed before being shut down as part of a criminal copyright-violation case.

U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady in Alexandria, Virginia, today heard arguments over a request by a Megaupload user, Kyle Goodwin, that the government be ordered to create a mechanism allowing those who used the website for legitimate purposes to retrieve their data.